|Janišová, M; Becker, U; Demina, ON; Dembicz, I; Ermakov, N; Filibeck, G; Frank, D; Guarino, R; Jaunatre, R; Kozub, Ł; Polyakova, MA; Suzuki, K; Dengler, J: Steppes of Southern Siberia – Experiences from the 6th EDGG Research Expedition to Khakassia, Russia (22 July – 1 August 2013)., Bulletin of the European Dry Grassland Group, 19/20, 31–48 (2013)|
|Key words: biodiversity; bryophyte; Cleistogenetea squarrosae; Festuco-Brometea; lichen; nested plot; vascular plant; vegetation classification; vegetation-plot database, steppe|
The 6th EDGG Research Expedition took place in summer 2013 in the Kuznetsky Alatau Mountains, part of the Altai-Sayanian mountain region (Republic of Khakassia, Russia). A group of 14 scientists from seven countries studied the variety of steppe vegetation in two regions of the "Khakassky" Reserve – Lake Itkul (Shira region) and Podzaploty (Ordzhenikidzevsky region). Standardised sampling procedures including nested-plot series and phytosociological relevés of 10-m2 plots were used to sample steppes of European-Siberian (Festuco-Brometea) and Central Asian (Cleistogenetea squarrosae) types. All terricolous plants present in the plots were sampled, including perennial and annual vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens. The data will be used for analyses of scale-dependent diversity patterns and species-area relationships, as well as for studying vegetation-environment relationships and performing phytosociological classification.